I’m a big believer in living with purpose, so naturally at the beginning of each New Year I like to set some goals. Most people would say this is essentially a ‘New Years resolution’. I don’t like to think of it that way, because New Years resolutions seem to be about unobtainable goals and delusions of grandeur (enter the ‘New Year, New Me’ phrase). Real purpose and real goals are achieved in baby steps. It’s not about erasing old habits in a day, it’s about building a improved way of seeing, working, creating, and thinking- slowly.
Small and achievable goals build confidence, and even though they may feel like small steps they get you further in the end. Also, it can be fun to look back each year and see how far you have come
So, here are my goals for this year:
1. Go back to basics
This idea applies mostly to my creativity and business, but I think it’s a good concept to think about day to day. For me, I’ll be revisiting watercolour and photography techniques and focusing on building on good foundations. I’ll also be going back to basics of what is important in life. This means cutting out distractions and focusing on what is good and wholesome. This can include spending time with the people who matter most, eating good honest food, and giving your body what it needs to work for you.
2. Do something you can be proud of everyday
Particularly in the holiday season I found myself looking back on my day and thinking ‘What have I achieved?’ The answer was not much at all. So I will be aiming to do something productive every day that I can feel good about. This can be as simple as scheduling that Instagram post for The Daydream Creative, or going for a run, or taking my dog for a walk.
3. Seek Quiet
Being an introvert, I often need to seek quiet in order to feel normal. However lately I have found when I settle in to read a book at night I get distracted by my phone and end up scrolling through facebook for 30 minutes. This leaves me with much less quiet reading time, and actually make me feel pretty terrible! Not good. Going to do less of that!
So that’s it! Three simple things to do more of this year. Do you like to make yearly goals? What have you promised you will do more of this year?